Theft Offenses

Theft charges can have serious consequences. In Ohio, the amount of trouble you face for a theft offense depends on the monetary value of the property. For instance, if the property is less than $1,000.00 you may be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree. That means potential jail time from 0-6 months, fines from 0-$1000, and probation. However, there are exceptions to the $1,000 rule. Despite the value of the property, if the theft offense involves items like credit cards, atm cards, checks, or vehicles, you can be charged with a more serious crime called felony theft. A felony theft has the potential for more jail time, larger fines, and longer probation.

An experienced Ohio criminal defense lawyer can help fight these charges. For example, if you are a first time offender, a lawyer may be able to negotiate with the prosecutor so you can be in a diversion program that results in the complete dismissal of your charge.

There are many different types of theft offenses in Ohio. One is called "Receiving Stolen Property". This is commonly called RSP. Just like theft offenses, consequences for RSP correspond to the value and type of property. RSP charges can be difficult for the prosecutor. To prove an RSP charge, the prosecutor must show that you knew or should have known that the property in your possession was stolen. Under many circumstances, you may have been buying a second hand item with no prior knowledge it was previously stolen. This makes it difficult for the prosecutor. A qualified Ohio criminal defense lawyer can ensure the prosecutor must prove the entire case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Other types of theft offenses include: burglary, breaking and entering, misuse of credit card, passing bad checks, forgery, and uttering, just to name a few. All theft offenses are serious. You need an experienced Ohio criminal defense lawyer to protect your interests.

As former prosecutors, our criminal defense attorneys have handled hundreds of criminal cases, and understand the criminal laws of Ohio. Their experience can help you get the best results.

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